Arts + Crafts

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)

August 1, 2007

decor8 reader Rain Harris of Lusterbunny (and RISD grad) wrote in a few days ago about this gorgeous piece she made that’s currently on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio called “Americana”. (It’s part of her fine art, not the work that she offers online.)

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Americana is nearly 60 feet long and was designed for the space using wood paneling that is imprinted with a woodland motif of deer, cabins, etc. that she carved Victorian wallpaper designs into using a cnc router almost giving it the look of 3-D wallpaper. Then, she inlaid light blue paint into the grooves to highlight the various patterns and cut out sections of additional panels, extending them from the walls using frosted plexiglas rods. Isn’t this amazing? You can read more about the installation here.

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)
Thank you Rain for writing in!

(images from rain harris)


Macy’s *New* Furniture Online + $699 Sofa Sale

August 1, 2007

I’m sorry to sound so harsh, but I just don’t look to Macy’s as the source for finding good design. It’s one of those stores that I dash into for something that I really need (usually at the cosmetics counter) and then run for the door feeling very glad the moment fresh air hits my face. I dislike the entire store experience and find it all quite painful. That being said, I have to thank them for offering $699 sofas. And that I no longer have to endure physical pain to shop in their depressing store because they now have an online furniture store. Thank you Macy’s.

Macy's *New* Furniture Online + $699 Sofa Sale
So decor8 readers, if you’d like a deal or two, this Corona sofa is a terrific find (and on sale) for $699 and starting tomorrow (Aug 2), will be available in pear, stone, and a very dark chocolate. You can even purchase the coordinating Corona chair for $539. Yup. Steal of the century. I’m not saying anything about quality, but based on looks, these sofas are a great deal and look a lot like their more expensive cousins in the cool stores. Frankly, unless you plan on keeping it for 30 years, sleeping on it daily, or jumping up and down on it like a nut, I’m sure one of these will last you until you get sick of it anyway.

Macy's *New* Furniture Online + $699 Sofa SaleHere’s a few additional $699 sofas, including a yummy steal in chocolate velvet called Tyler. Note: It looks like a shorty in the picture, but it’s actually 82″ wide. The Margaret chair for $549 is another great value and I really like the lines and that it’s available in brown, cream, and blue. Very nice. The East Park Square coffee table (there’s a matching end table as well but I don’t match my coffee tables to my end tables, so I wouldn’t be into this) with a generous square travertine top and steel base is very sleek for $499. It looks like something you’d see in Elle Decor magazine in some tricked out space. I love finding great deals that look like you spent a fortune.

Macy's *New* Furniture Online + $699 Sofa SaleAnd I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I see a modular seating trend coming on for Fall/Winter ’07. Sectionals are hot. I’m not sure why, but all of the sudden they’re everywhere – magazines, showrooms, catalogs. They are the new foo dogs, I guess. Just a whole heck of a lot larger, so unless you have the space, step away from the sectionals.

(images from macy’s)

Shopping + Products

Craigslist Boston Find: Heywood Wakefield Dining Room

August 1, 2007

When Boston-based reader Syrene wrote to me asking whether I’d blog about the dining room (table, 6 chairs, leaf insert, and china cabinet on server) that she *just* listed yesterday on Craigslist Boston, I took one look at the photos and agreed – this Heywood Wakefield Dining Room is in perfect condition. And who knows, perhaps someone out there reading has dreamt of owning a set like this? If that person is you, this is your lucky day because this set has been in her family since it was made in 1949 so it’s quite a special find.

Craigslist Boston Find: Heywood Wakefield Dining RoomCraigslist Boston Find: Heywood Wakefield Dining Room
Although the buffet shown below isn’t listed, she is willing to let it go to the right owner along with the dining set, so if you’re interested, please let her know.

Craigslist Boston Find: Heywood Wakefield Dining Room
Here’s the Craigslist ad so you can read more about it and contact her directly.

Thanks Syrene for the tip!

(images from syrene)

Etsy Faves, Shopping + Products, Stationery, Travel

JHill Design *New* For Fall & Etsy Boston Show August 2nd

August 1, 2007

Boston’s own Jennifer Hill of JHill Designs sent me the nicest email today announcing the release of her Fall collection of “Places I Have Never Been” (Thank you Jennifer!). You can pick up her colorful travel-inspired notebooks and things right here.

JHill Design *New* For Fall & Etsy Boston Show August 2nd
And if you happen to be in Boston tomorrow night (August 2), visit her and her friends between 6pm-8pm at the Etsy Boston show in Jamaica Plain at the Corner of South + Carolina. For more show information, click here.

(images from jhill design)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Objects, Rooms

Lena Corwin: Shop Updates!

August 1, 2007

Pretty new pillows and a second travel plate added to the collection from Lena Corwin this season, lovely job Lena and thank you for the tip. I’ve placed my order, the travel plate is hard to refuse for $15.

Lena Corwin: Shop Updates!
(images from lena corwin)


Inspiration via Amazing Morocco

August 1, 2007

While researching for an HGTV piece I’m working on, I came across the gorgeous interiors galleries at Amazing Morocco showcasing some fantastic rooms. Amazing Morocco was founded by two UK-based couples with a passion for this enchanting land that quickly became a business of building and selling villas there. I know you’ll love looking at some of them, so here’s the link and a mini preview of the beauty that awaits you…

Inspiration via Amazing MoroccoInspiration via Amazing MoroccoInspiration via Amazing MoroccoInspiration via Amazing MoroccoInspiration via Amazing MoroccoInspiration via Amazing Morocco
(images from amazing morocco)

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